Paul is the Programme Leader for the Social Work element of the Integrated Masters in Nursing and Social Work. Paul currently leads a number of modules across all Social Work programmes at Edge Hill and has a special interest in Mental Health Social Work. Paul is a Best Interests Assessor (BIA) and an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983. He has a professional social work qualification and MA in Social Work and is registered with Social Work England (SWE) . Paul also holds the Full Post Qualifying Award in Childcare Social Work (PQSW).
Paul has substantial experience of assessing people under the Mental Health Act and the practical application of Mental Health Law. Paul is particularly interested in making sense of complex ethical decision making in relation to individuals who experience mental distress.
He continues to regularly practice within an Emergency Social Work setting and maintains a current AMHP warrant. Paul is also a member of the University’s research Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport.